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Maxie is freaked when Franco shows up with 66 roses and questions him about the photo. Jason and Dante hit a dead end with ditzy hippie Karen Anderson who denies being Franco’s mother. Maxie blurts to Jason that she’s seen Franco.  Meanwhile, Franco arrives at Karen’s who, without a trace of the ditz we saw earlier, asks her son what he has done. Kristina survives the car bomb blast because of Johnny who yanked her away in the nick of time when he noticed something odd with his car.  Kristina is rushed to the hospital. Michael arrives at Sonny’s office to overhear Sonny admitting he was behind the bombing. Patrick and Lisa have sex.  Afterwards, he is consumed with guilt, regretful for what he has done.  Patrick arrives home to find Robin has returned from her Africa trip. Jax confides to Skye that he does not want to go through with divorcing Carly. 

Maxie recounts details of Franco’s visit and Jason, Dante and Spinelli try to find significance in the 66 roses. Franco tries to reassure his mother that his motives and actions are justified all in the name of his art.  He believes he can shape reality through his greatest masterpiece. Franco visits Carly at the Metro Court Restaurant. Sonny lies to Alexis, assuring her he did not plant the car bomb that almost killed their daughter. Claire tells Johnny there is no evidence linking Sonny to the car bomb. Johnny comes to Alexis’ home and ends his relationship with Kristina. Olivia demands to know the truth from Sonny. Robin expresses how much she missed Patrick, appreciating all that they share and apologizing for her behavior prior to her trip. He is tortured by guilt of having cheated with Lisa. Carly feigns casual at Jax and Skye’s pretend love affair. 

Sonny keeps up an innocent front but both Lucky and Claire believe he is guilty of trying to kill Johnny. Sonny lays down the law with Kristina about steering clear of Johnny. Olivia has a goodbye tryst with Johnny. Ethan threatens to quit their mob partnership if Johnny retaliates against Sonny. Steve suspects Lisa and Patrick had sex and warns Lisa to keep things professional. Jax and Carly work at making the other jealous. Shirley opens up to Liz about her past and in hearing Shirley’s life story, Liz yearns for what she had with Lucky.  She goes to see him, but gets a big surprise. Jason, Dante and Spinelli pursue additional leads on Franco, trying to find a pattern to his madness. Franco sets up his headquarters at the old Lockland Mansion on County Road 66.  Franco invites his art dealer, Wilhelm (guest star and Oscar nominee Bruce Davison) over to discuss his upcoming masterpiece. Dante and Lulu leave their cell phones unattended to make love in the shower. Franco approaches Jax and Josslyn in the park. Lucky warns Claire to be careful around Sonny. Alexis tells Sonny that if he sleeps with Claire he should use birth control. Michael and Sonny discuss hiding the truth about the car bomb. Feeling frisky, Robin tempts Patrick into the supply closet, but Patrick freezes up. Jax and Carly continue to make the other jealous. Lucky tells Liz she needs to let go of the past and that the two of them are over. Spinelli makes a decision about his future with Maxie. Liz calls Maxie a whore after seeing her kiss Lucky.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL 15000th Episode: Laura Faces Being Ousted as Mayor as Port Charles Bands Together in Support of Her

Finally, after many preemptions, General Hospital’s 15,000the episode aired on Wednesday. In it and front and center in the standalone episode was GH icon, Genie Francis (Laura).

In story, after a scathing op-ed is run in The Invader from a group of citizens called “The Friend of Port Charles”, they take aim at Mayor Laura Collins and want a recall to replace her. When trying to figure out who was behind the story, Laura’s friends and the citizens of the town, band together to keep her from being ousted and to figure out who would attack her in the press like this.

That sets up a few sentimental flashback clips featuring the three current longest-running members of the cast, Genie, Kin Shriner (Scott) and Jackie Zeman (Bobbie).  Viewers get a glimpse of Scotty and Laura’s wedding, and then Bobbie’s contentious and duplicitous side when she fought for the love of Scotty against a teenaged Laura.

As Laura tries to determine who is behind the op-ed, Curtis (Donnell Turner) gets a lead from Ms. Wu (Lydia Look) that Laura’s half-brother, Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober) is behind it.  Laura then heads to Pentonville to confront Cyrus.  She asks if he’s the brains behind “The Friends of Port Charles”.

Cyrus insists he is only an advisor. He goes on to say that this is a group of people who are disillusioned by the way she is running the town.  Cyrus gets angry and vengeful, and emotional, when saying the police department is corrupt and how ELQ and Cassadine Industries gets tax breaks at the expense of less fortunate people, etc.  Laura can’t figure out if these people in the ‘friends’ group have such high moral value why would they hire a criminal, like him, as an advisor?

Renault goes on to say that it’s up to God and preaches she needs to be less self-righteous.  Laura throws back to Cyrus that where was God in that scathing op-ed, that he did filled with such hate?  Laura then forgives him and walks out, which stuns Cyrus.

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Later, Scotty in front of Laura, Bobbie, Anna (Finola Hughes), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Lucy (Lynn Herring), proposes to Liesl (Kathleen Gati), but she turns down his marriage proposal.  Liesl feels they have a good thing going , so why mess it up with a marriage at this point. The two kiss.

In addition, Laura meets up with Maxie (Kirsten Storms), who are visiting an institutionalized Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst).  Maxie brings her some cosmetics from Deception because of the bad lighting in the facility.

The softball game was the throughline of the episode, and at the end, we saw the payoff, when all the characters converged on Charlie’s giving their support to Laura, who says she is ready to write her rebuttal.

Then in a voice-over from Laura, she speaks to the essence of Port Charles and its residents which included: that they have a strong community that she is proud to be a part of it and she speaks to her legacy over generations.  Kevin (Jon Lindstrom) proposes a toast to Laura, as she notes that if she loses the recall then so be it, adding that if the person who replaces her is a Port Charles lifer, like she is, then the town will continue to prosper.

So, what did you think of the 15,000 episode milestone episode? Did you enjoy the performance of Genie Francis? Did you like the way much of the cast was utilized, or did you feel otherwise? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Josh Kelly Makes His General Hospital Debut: What Are Your First Impressions of Cody?

After parachuting on to General Hospital on Wednesday’s cliffhanger, on Thursday during the pick-up of the action, we learn that the man that landed in the pool and knocked over a drunken Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) was none other than “Cody”; as viewers welcomed former One Life to Live favorite Josh Kelly (Ex-Cutter Wentworth) to Port Charles.

In story, Britt wants the parachuter arrested and tells Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) who is present at the social mingle party to do so.  However, the man, Cody, looks at Dante and clearly they know each other from the past.  To try to calm things down, Dante hand-cuffs Cody.

Later in the episode as Britt laments about Cody – clearly the two have an attraction to one another – Sam (Kelly Monaco), Dante, and Cody are now at Charlie’s sharing drinks.

Cody reveals he really thought that Dante was taking him into police custody, and thanks him for getting him a change of shirt and out of the party. As the three chat, Dante informs Sam that this is his childhood friend, Cody Bell.

It is clear there are some things from the past that Dante might not be too proud of when Cody adds, “And got in a lot of trouble with.”

So, what do you think of a Cody/Britt potential romance? Excited to see Josh on GH? What do you think went down in the past between Cody and Dante? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. But first, check out these scenes from Cody’s entrance!

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: What’s Up With Elizabeth?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital, finally moved the story of the haunting of Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) along a bit, after it has been a very slow build for the audience. As it turns out, and with the new developments, it appears that Liz has been going in and out of a catatonic state, while sleeping walking.

With a tip from Violet (Jophielle Love), Finn (Michael Easton), who is chatting with Gregory (Gregory Harrison), recalls Liz was having trouble sleeping and was that she given a sleeping aid. He thinks he may be on to something so he decides to go to Liz’s house to talk to her.

Meanwhile, Liz comes to her house and tears Finn and Violet out of the picture that Violet drew, and then gets a scissors and starts cutting pieces off of the drawing, bit by bit.

Cameron (William Lipton) comes home and see his mother.  She does not respond to him and appears in a trance-like state. He is getting more upset by the moment, and then Finn arrives on the scene.

Finn is able to get the scissors from Liz, and also get her to snap out of her trance.  Liz talks with Finn and wonders what is happening? She doesn’t even remember how she got home.  When Cameron fills Liz in on what she was doing … cutting up the drawing and all … Finn tells Liz he believes she is the one who is haunting herself.

In tears, if what Finn is claiming is true, then it is she who is responsible for slashing her dress, setting fire to Franco’s studio, and hitting Chase over the head.  In that moment, a teary-eyed Liz recognizes that something is terribly wrong, saying, “What’s happening to me?”

Finn promises Liz they will get to the bottom of this as Cameron looks on.

So, what is happening to Liz and why? Is this just a case of another sleeping pill storyline on soaps, where someone does not recall their actions or where they are going in the middle of the night a la Nighttime Hope on DAYS? Is someone controlling Liz to make her do these things?  Is something else physically wrong with Liz causing her behavior? Share your thoughts on this storyline … and where you think this is all heading via the comment section below.

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Cameron Mathison talks with Michael Fairman on taking on the role of GH’s Drew Cain, the latest developments in Port Charles for Drew. his busy career outside of soaps and the loss of his mother and his public battle with cancer.Leave A Comment
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